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Washington Township Scouts Collect 1,000 'Soles4Souls'

Washignton Township scout, Derek Kaine, 2nd grade, with the 1,000 pairs of shoes collected for Soles4Souls.
Washignton Township scout, Derek Kaine, 2nd grade, with the 1,000 pairs of shoes collected for Soles4Souls. Photo Credit: Heather Castranova

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — What started as a recycling project for George School Cub Scouts grew in one week’s time to a Washington Township-wide service project that will aid underserved people around the world.

The more than 1,000 shoes that were brought to drop-off sites at the George and Washington schools, Town Hall, the library and the fire department are going to Soles4Soles.

The nonprofit organization is dedicating to providing footwear and clothing to those In need during times of disaster.

“This little recycling project turned into a huge, town-wide effort,” said George School mom and den leader Kathe Kaine, who brought the 35 bags of shoes to a collection site with help from other moms in Franklin on Friday morning.

Kaine reached out to township Police Officer and daisy troop leader Heather Castranova last month for recycling project ideas.

Castranova suggested Kaine look into Soles4Souls and before long — with help from social media and fellow scout leader Karen Spadevecchia  — more and more people in town were talking about the project, Kaine said.

“[The project] teaches our kids to do for others and be cognizant of the fact that there are so many people out there with needs,” Kaine said. “It shows them how lucky… and blessed we are.”

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